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Combination Plastic Surgery: What's Safe?

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It's widely accepted now that multiple plastic surgery procedures can be done at one time. This is a very compelling notion for many who are considering surgery for two leading reasons: time and money.

A variety of candidates for cosmetic surgery are interested in more than one procedure--men and women who have lost weight, people who are aging and women who want to restore their pre-childbirth body. What could be better than getting it all done at the same time and facing just one recovery period? And isn't it that much easier to hand over the money when you're paying for the anesthesiologist and surgical suite just once?

As cosmetic surgery becomes more routine with each passing year and more people elect to go under the knife, the body of knowledge regarding what's safe grows larger and larger. Several studies have been done that demonstrate that certain combination surgeries are quite safe. Breast surgery and abdominoplasty are a classic combination, for instance, and many times a little liposuction can be performed in the same procedure. This popular combination is marketed far and wide as the "Mommy Makeover." Cosmetic surgeons often perform several facial operations in one go as well. And it's not unusual for patients to have breast surgery and an arm lift, or brachioplasty, at the same time.

With that said, it's far from automatic that any patient can have any combination of procedures safely. If you're considering combination plastic surgery, you should know there are a few factors to take into account.

First, most plastic surgeons will keep maximum surgical time to between five and six hours for a healthy patient--limiting the time the patient lies motionless under general anesthesia and minimizing blood loss. This approach helps decrease the risk of post-surgical blood clots and poor wound healing. If you're a patient with certain health conditions, such as diabetes or a circulatory disorder, or if you smoke or take certain medications, you may be limited to even more conservative surgical plans (and some surgeons may not view you as a candidate at all).

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